Air Fryer Biscuits


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These air fryer biscuits are buttery and flaky and need just three ingredients to make. I love how they cook in less than 10 minutes.

Keen for more fun air fryer recipes? Try air fryer cinnamon rolls, air fryer cookies, air fryer coconut shrimp, and air fryer bagels.

buttery flaky air fryer biscuits.

Buttery, flaky, and melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuits in record time? Oh yes, you can! My air fryer biscuit recipe is such a winner. I’ve pretty much stopped using my oven to bake them and my dough is so simple, you can whip them up whenever the cravings strike!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to make air fryer biscuits
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions 
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More air fryer baked goods to try
  8. Air Fryer Biscuits (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Just 3 simple ingredients. All you need is flour, buttermilk, and butter!
  • Perfect texture. Buttery, soft, and fluffy on the inside and flaky on the outside…it ticks the boxes.
  • It’s quick and easy. Mix the ingredients and air fry! There is no resting time required.
  • It’s easy to customize. I like to keep them classic, but you can add cheese, corn, jalapenos, and more.
  • Works with canned biscuits, too. For the ultimate shortcut, use pre-made refrigerated biscuit dough.
air fryer biscuits.

Ingredients needed 

  • Self-rising flour. Skip the store-bought kind and make homemade self-rising flour (it’s just all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt).
  • Buttermilk. A staple ingredient in biscuits. If you don’t have any on hand, you can easily make your own by mixing milk with one teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Frozen butter. The cold butter will be grated before mixing into the dough, and in turn, gives your biscuits those gorgeous golden brown layers.

How to make air fryer biscuits

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the batter. Start by adding the sifted flour to the mixing bowl. Mix the butter with the flour with your hands, but make sure that the butter is chilled. 

grated frozen butter.

Step 2- Combine. In the center of the mixing bowl, add buttermilk with the help of a wooden spoon. Now, mix everything well to make the batter. 

biscuit dough.

Step 3- Knead. Add some flour to the kitchen surface. Transfer the dough to the board and gently knead and fold it into thirds. Roll it using a rolling pin.

rolled out biscuit dough.

Step 4- Cut. With a biscuit or pastry cutter, cut the dough to make biscuits.  

biscuit cutter with biscuit dough.

Step 5- Air fry. Place the dough in the air fryer basket in a single layer and air fry for 9-10 minutes, or until golden.

biscuit in air fryer.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Flip the biscuits halfway through cooking to cook them evenly and avoid burning. 
  • Grate the butter from a frozen state so it doesn’t soften by the time it goes in the air fryer (trust me, this is the #1 reason biscuits aren’t flaky!).
  • Don’t use the food processor or hand mixer for this recipe, as they can overmix the batter, and the biscuits will not be soft. 
  • If you use frozen biscuits, increase the cooking time by 6 minutes.
  • If you use refrigerated biscuit dough (like Pillsbury Grands biscuits), the cooking time with remain the same.
  • Add a layer of parchment paper for easy biscuit removal. Just be sure it fits the base of the basket!
  • Cook in batches to ensure each biscuit cooks evenly and completely.

Storage instructions 

To store: Place leftover biscuits in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for three days or up to one week in the fridge. 

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled buttermilk biscuits in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

air fried biscuits.

Frequently asked questions

Are these gluten-free? 

Easily make these biscuits gluten-free by using gluten-free self-rising flour.

Can I make these vegan? 

Make this vegan by replacing the butter with margarine and making a mock buttermilk using almond milk and lemon juice.

More air fryer baked goods to try

air fryer biscuits recipe.

Air Fryer Biscuits

5 from 43 votes
These air fryer biscuits are buttery, and flaky, and need just 3 ingredients to make! These cook up in less than 10 minutes. Watch the video below to see how I make this in my kitchen!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 9 minutes
Total: 14 minutes




  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F.
  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Using a box grater, grate the frozen butter into the bowl. 
  • Using your hands, gently mix the butter with the flour. Make a well in the center of the mixing bowl and add the buttermilk. Mix everything together.
  • Lightly flour a kitchen surface. Transfer the dough onto it. Gently knead it several times, then roll it flat. Knead and roll out several more times.
  • Using a biscuit cutter or large cookie cutter, push down in the dough and shape the biscuits.
  • Generously grease an air fryer basket. Add 4 biscuits to it, ensuring the sides are lightly touching.
  • Air fry the biscuits for 9-10 minutes, or until golden.
  • Remove the biscuits from the air fryer and repeat the process with the remaining biscuit dough.


TO STORE. Place leftover biscuits in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for three days or up to one week in the fridge. 
TO FREEZE. Place the cooked and cooled buttermilk biscuits in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSodium: 123mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 405IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 0.3mgNET CARBS: 23g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published November 2022, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummmm! These were super easy and delicious. They cooked faster than in the recipe, so be sure to check them early!
    Thank you!